Hoboken, New Jersey Heroin use has become increasinglyrampant in the New York Suburb of Hoboken, NJ, overtaking alcohol as the drugof choice. While Hoboken is still considered one of the safest cities in NewJersey, there’s been a significant rise in heroin and other opioid use, as wellas trafficking of opiate drugs such as heroin and fentanyl.  Rated the ‘Best Suburb in New Jersey’ for millennials,Hoboken is a Manhattan suburb located across the Hudson river on the waterfrontin New Jersey. This upper-class suburb is a prime example that the opioidcrisis can catch people from all walks of life in it’s grip. The medianhousehold income is $114,381 which is 47% higher than the national average, yetit’s still seeing rising numbers of residents becoming addicted to heroin inboth suburban and urban settings. While Heroin is the primary drug ofchoice (accounting for 33% of total substance abuse treatment admissions inHudson County, and 43% state-wide) other commonly abused drugs in the areainclude:MarijuanaAlcoholCocaineOther Opiates The overwhelming majority of substanceabusers seeking treatment are middle-aged Hispanic males between 30-55, whilestate-wide the majority of addicts are white middle-aged males.

 Hoboken has the highest public transituse of any US city. 56% of employed residents commute via public transportationevery day. Though Hoboken doesn’t have it’s own airport, The Hoboken Terminalis an origin/destination point for several modes of transportation includingrail trains, ferries, and transit busses. It is a major hub within the NY/NJ metroregion’s public transitsystem, which makes it an easy target for drug trafficking via land and water.  FentanylAlong with heroin, Fentanyl is quicklyrising in popularity and is making it’s way to the state via Mexican cartels.Fentanyl is 50-100 times morepotent than morphine, and even a tiny amount can prove to be fatal, even forfirst-time users. Dealers have been lacing heroin with the deadly, synthetic opiateto increase potency, often without the heroin users knowledge.

 Recently, law enforcement officialsconducted a drug bust in North Bergen, just up the Hudson River from Hoboken inHudson County, seizing 45 kilograms (almost 100 pounds) of Fentanyl as well as40 kilos of heroin. That’s enough fentanyl to kill 18 million people; more thanthe entire population of New York City and all of New Jersey combined. Four menwere arrested in the bust.  With this incredibly lethal drug makingit’s way to New Jersey in such abundance, there is no better time to seek helpquitting heroin and opiates once and for all.

Even one small dose of Fentanylcan be deadly. If you’re battling with addiction to heroin, we can help. Callus today and get on your path to recovery.  Hoboken appears to have thehighest number of recorded law enforcement Narcan deployments in Hudson County,according to records from the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office. Although first responders in Hoboken and greaterHudson County are equipped with Narcan – an antidote that can reverse theeffects of opioid overdose, there have still been record overdose deaths.

Heroin laced with fentanyl requires much higher doses of Narcan to beeffective. Narcan is effective roughly 75-80% of the time. Heroin and Health Aside from addiction and risk ofoverdose, using heroin and other substances intravenously can have life-longnegative effects on your health.

While the state of New Jersey does have needleexchange programs, they appear to be few and far between, putting druginjecting users at a risk for HIV and Hepatitis through sharing dirty needles.As of 2016, 32% of cases of HIV/AIDS in Hudson County are reportedly due tointravenous drug use.  If you are someone you know isstruggling with addiction to opioids such as heroin or fentanyl, you’re notalone and there is help.

In fact, up to 70% of those seeking help with heroinor opioid addiction are successful in kicking the habit, while relapse ratesare a relatively low 15-30%. If you’re interested in seeking help, there aremultiple program types available for Heroin and Opioid Addicts.  Rehabs and Treatment Facilities While there are many reasons to seekhelp with heroin addiction, 37% of treatment admissions in Hudson County arereferred or mandated by the criminal justice system, while 29% areself-referred. Outpatient Care accounts for 35% of substance abuse treatmentadmissions in Hudson County, and about 30% of patients are treated in IOP(Intensive Outpatient) facilities. Residential Detox, inpatient and outpatientOpioid Maintenance Facilities are also alternative options for people lookingto kick addiction to opioids including heroin once and for all. While getting free of addiction is oftena main goal of treatment facilities, they can also help with other goals suchas bettering or managing health due to co-occurring mental or physical illness.

Other reasons to seek professional help with addiction include navigating legalsituations brought on by addiction and substance abuse, bettering family and relationshipsituations, seeking employment, and meeting educational/vocational goals.   ASSESSMENTThe road to kicking heroin addictionusually starts with an assessment or evaluation by a healthcare and/or mentalhealth professional. Multiple professionals, including doctors, nurses,therapists, psychologists and/or psychiatrists may assess you if you’re beingcared for at an addiction treatment facility or detox center. The purpose of the assessment is toevaluate whether physical and mental addiction is present and to what extent,determine any co-occurring conditions present, and develop a personalizedtreatment plan that will meet your needs. Substance abuse assessments takeplace in private settings, and information you provide is kept confidential andused to aid in your personalized treatment plan. Substance addiction assessments usuallyconsist of a standardized evaluation regarding your current substance abuse andpatterns, health history, treatment history, symptoms and the effect addictionhas had on your life (job, relationships, family, etc).

The assessor may thenask clarifying questions to get a better idea of what treatment will be rightfor you. It is extremely important to answer these questions honestly, as aproper assessment will assist the professionals in recommending propertreatment.  Mental health care providers may referyou to a doctor for a physical evaluation. Some medical problems may impactyour treatment plan, so a physical health examination is an important part ofthe addiction evaluation. The physical exam may include blood and urine tests,as well as standardized questionnaires about your physical health and substanceabuse history.

 Many people struggling with addictionalso battle co-occurring physical or mental health disorders. In fact, it isestimated that over half of substance abusers have a co-occurring mentalillness of some type, such as depression, anxiety, post traumatic stressdisorder or psychosis of some kind. Others struggle with physical ailments thatare either pre-existing or brought on by the substance abuse itself. Abusingdrugs is often a way to “self medicate” as an attempt to cope with, or maskmental health issues, and a proper diagnosis is essential to treating both theaddiction and co-occurring illness.

Untreated mental or physical health issuesmay impair your recovery, leading to relapse.  While acquiring an official diagnosis isrecommended, another option is to perform a self-assessment to establish ifyou’ve got an addiction to drugs or alcohol. You can find tests online or fromlocal mental health clinics. The main advantage of self-assessment is theprivacy it provides. Many self-assessments can be conducted from the comfort ofyour own home, and provide you with instant feedback about your substance abusehabits and addiction. It is important to note that self-evaluations should beseen as a tool, and are not to replace an assessment by a licensed healthcareor mental health professional.  DETOX Detoxing is the process of of becomingsober and ridding your body of the chemicals and toxins found in drugs andalcohol. The process of heroin/opioid detox can take anywhere from a couple ofdays to a a couple of weeks, depending on your addiction habits and severity,and varies from person to person.

However, the average opiate withdrawal periodis around seven days, with the most severe symptoms occurring around 72 hoursafter the last use. Due to the intensity and length of opioid withdrawal, it’sboth dangerous and difficult to detox without assistance and/or guidance of aprofessional.  There are a number of heroin and opiatedetox centers that serve the Hoboken area. Opting for a detox-only programallows you to go through the process of withdrawal as quick and comfortable aspossible.

While easing into sobriety through a detox program is a good idea,it’s just the first step on a journey to kicking addiction. It is highlyrecommended to participate in either an inpatient or outpatient treatmentprogram, and potentially even an aftercare or sober-living solution to helpwith continued sobriety.  CarePoint Health Detox FacilityCarePoint Health is a detox facility inthe Hudson County/Hoboken area. They understand the process of detoxing can beuncomfortable and at times, dangerous, and do everything they can to make it asquick and painless as possible. While some detox centers operate with a “coldturkey” method, CarePoint Health doesn’t recommend it, and instead assistspatients in the detox process by utilizing a mainly buprenorphine-basedmedication. This medication helps to control symptoms of opioid withdrawal,including those brought on by synthetic opioid addiction. With the aid of Buprenorphine,patients will be clear-headed and comfortable during detox, and will leavedetox experiencing almost no symptoms of withdrawal.  CarePoint Health can be found at  Hoboken University Medical Center308 WillowAvenueHoboken, NJ07030201.

418.1000 INPATIENT TREATMENT There are two primary approaches totreatment programs – inpatient and outpatient. Inpatient programs are seen themost rigorous, but often prove the most successful when it comes to heroin andopioid addiction therapy.  SOBA College – 18-30 year old AssessementAssessment begins at the first point ofcontact at SOBA College. Each patient is assessed for their immediate andlong-term recovery needs. There’s an initial clinical evaluation, and standingweekly individual counseling is established, which continues through the lengthof the patients stay. A full psychiatric assessment is also conducted uponenrollment.

Physical and mental health, personal safety, and past and currentlegal issues are evaluated as well. Each patient is assigned a case manager whoperforms a separate assessment on where they are at the beginning of the intakeprocess, and where they’d like to be once they complete their personalized treatment,tailoring a personalized treatment plan that will help meet the patientsindividual goals.  SOBA College Recovery has a strong focuson personal hygiene, self-care, health, and legal needs. Each patient forms aninitial treatment plan which outlines their long-term goals. Mental andphysical health are priority at SOBA, so each client receives a gym membershipand access to a personal trainer. The staff at SOBA believe in building a solidfoundation outside of treatment while simultaneously working on addiction andco-occurring illness within the safe space of treatment.

To aid in buildingthat foundation, SOBA offers many recreational and cultural activities rangingfrom museum trips and dances to outdoor events. SOBA integrates the 12 Stepsinto treatment plans from the first week, taking patients to meetings in nearbyareas in an effort to introduce patients to the range of recovery happening allaround them. Personal and group clinical therapy, case and medicationmanagement, and education opportunities continue, as the patient works theirway through the 3 Phases of treatment at SOBA.

Nearing a patients graduation orcompletion of SOBA, Outside mental health and healthcare professionals, 12 stepsponsors, potential employers and resources for continuing education are allpulled together to make sure the graduates continued sobriety and success.  SOBA OutpatientSOBA also offers outpatient programssuch as College Success which helps addicts in recovery pursue furthereducation, Family and Multi-Family Education Groups, Addiction and RecoveryEducation, Men’s & Women’s Groups, Relapse Prevention, Health &Wellness, Anger Management, Interpersonal Effectiveness, Stages of Change,Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (behavioral modification), Matrix Group (forthose with co-occurring disorders such as anxiety, depression, bi-polar, orADHD), Motivational Enhancement, Trauma, Coping with Emotion, Self-Esteem andMental Health Groups, as well as Spiritual and Meditation Groups, and Art,Writing and Music Expression Groups are also offered as outpatient therapy.OUTPATIENT TREATMENT One of the mostcommon forms of treatment is outpatient treatment programs. While they can beeffective, they do require personal conviction and dedication to sticking withthe program, as they operate with much less supervision than inpatientprograms. Because of this, they do tend to have smaller success rates comparedto a more intensive inpatient treatment, but they can be more accessible andcost-effective for those dedicated to a life free of heroin addiction. Outpatient programs can also be a useful as a continuing recovery tool once a moreintensive inpatient treatment has been completed.  Alpha HealingCenter Alpha Healing Centeris an outpatient facility that incorporates holistic and natural recoveryplans. Alpha Healing offers both an Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) andoutpatient program.

 AdmissionsThe first step onthe path to recovery is to be admitted into a treatment facility withknowledgable health care professionals. Alpha Healing Center has a 24- Houradmissions department which can be reached at 844-244-4325. You can arrange atour of the facility prior to committing, verify your insurance, set up apayment plan for treatment and even set up transportation to the facility ifneeded.

 Subuxone DetoxAlpha Healing Centeruses a buprenorphine-based medication known as Subuxone to help with opioidwithdrawal symptoms. The benefits of using Subonxone during detox include:Milder Withdrawal SymptomsSafer thantraditional opiatesFewer health andaddiction risksPatient stays alert during recovery and detox processLonger lasting thantraditional opiates.  Subuxone treatmentconsists of a detox stage, a therapey stage, and a long-term recovery stage(including post-treatment aftercare).   IntensiveOutpatient ProgramThe IntensiveOutpatient Program at Alpha Healing focuses on Individual, group and family therapy sessions between 9-12hours per week, depending on your personalized treatment plan formed as part ofyour initial intake assessment. Alpha “promotes personal healing and recoverythrough holistic care”. Specialty groups such as trauma and gender-specificgroups may also be a part of your personalized treatment program.  Traditional Outpatient ProgramThe traditional Outpatient AddictionTreatment Program at Alpha Healing Center is a relapse-prevention based therapyprogram and focuses on weekly Individual/group therapy sessions, and treatmentinterventions such as “Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Motivation EnhancementTherapy, and Cognitive Analytic Therapy”. Mental Health professionals  Discharge and AftercareUpon completion of your personalizedprogram, Alpha Healing Center will help prepare you for the future with anpersonalized comprehensive aftercare plan.

They will provide you with resourcesto aid in continued sobriety and regularly follow up with you to ensure  complete recovery.   To find out more about your addictiontreatment options, give us a call today.


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